Checklist for Moving

Address Change:

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  • Post Office: give forwarding address
  • Charge accounts, credit cards
  • Newspaper and magazine subscriptions: notice may require several weeks
  • Friends and Relatives

  • Transfer funds; arrange for banking services in new city
  • Arrange credit references

  • Notify company of new auto location for coverage: Life, Health, Fire and Auto
  • Utility Companies:
  • Gas, electricity, water, telephone, fuel, garbage
  • Obtain refunds on any deposits made

Delivery Service:
  • Laundry, newspaper, changeover of service
  • Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories:
  • Ask your doctor and dentist for referrals: transfer needed for prescriptions, eyeglasses, Xrays
  • Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.


And Don't Forget To:
  • Empty freezer, plan use of food
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Remember arrangements for TV and antenna or cable service
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped
  • Check with your Moving Counselor; insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping, methods and time of expected payments

And on Moving Day:
  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in new city
  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself; or use registered mail.
  • Plan for transporting of pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
  • Let close friends or relatives know the routes and schedule you will travel including overnight stops; use that person as a message headquarters
  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds
  • Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with REALTOR® or owner

  • Obtain certified checks or cashiers check necessary for closing Real Estate Transaction
  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage
  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, and furnace
  • Have appliances checked.
  • Ask postal carrier for the mail that may be held for your arrival
  • Have new address recorded on driver’s license
  • Visit city offices and register for voting
  • Register car soon after arrival in new state to avoid any possibility of a penalty
  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership
  • Apply for state driver’s license
  • Register your family in your new place of worship
  • Register children in school
  • Arrange medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Veterinarian, etc.